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Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy





ISBN 9781472454133
Published January 25, 2017 by Routledge
148 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Constantine: Religious Faith and Imperial Policy brings together some of the English-speaking world’s leading Constantinian scholars for an interdisciplinary study of the life and legacy of the first Christian emperor. For many, he remains a "sign of contradiction" (Luke 2:34) whose life and legacy generate intense debate. He was the first Christian emperor, protector of the Church, and eventually remembered as "equal to the apostles" for bringing about the Christianization of the Empire. Yet there is another side to Constantine’s legacy, one that was often neglected by his Christian hagiographers. Some modern scholars have questioned the orthodoxy of the so-called model Christian emperor, while others have doubted the sincerity of his Christian commitment, viewing his embrace of the faith as merely a means to a political end. 



Drawing together papers presented at the 2013 symposium at Stockton University commemorating the 1700th anniversary of the Edict of Milan, this volume examines the very questions that have for so long occupied historians, classicists, and theologians. The papers in this volume prove once again that Constantine is not so much a figure from the remote past, but an individual whose legacy continues to shape our present.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors



Foreword - Tom Papademetriou



Abbreviations





Introduction



A. Edward Siecienski





Part One: Debates





Constantine and religious extremism



H.A. Drake





The significance of the Edict of Milan



Noel Lenski





Part Two: Historiography





The sources for our sources: Eusebius and Lactantius on Constantine in 312-313



Raymond Van Dam





Constantine in the pagan memory



Mark Edwards





Writing Constantine



David Potter





Part Three: Legacy





The Eusebian valorization of violence and Constantine's wars for God



George E. Demacopoulos





Constantine the Pious



Peter J. Leithart

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Biography

A. Edward Siecienski is Associate Professor of Religion and Pappas Professor of Byzantine Culture and Religion at Stockton University, New Jersey, USA. He is the author of The Filioque: History of a Doctrinal Controversy (2010) and The Papacy and the Orthodox: Sources and History of a Debate (2017).